New Americans Celebrate Easter

Riley Schelp leads a game during devotions

The National Honor Society (NHS) members of Lutheran High South have formed a strong partnership with CFNA for work among New American young people.  In addition to a series of swim lessons and a servant event, three special event parties have also been part of this effort.  Here NHS leader Riley Schelp shares her observations of the recent Easter party and other events.

On Thursday, April 20th, the National Honor Society from Lutheran South returned to the CFNA Peace Center to throw an Easter party. More than 50 New American children participated in games, decorated hard-boiled eggs, did crafts, and enjoyed a snack provided by the students of Lutheran South. We hid candy-filled Easter eggs throughout the Peace Center; then the New American kids went on an Easter egg hunt. Thereafter NHS led the children in songs and a devotion about Easter. It was a great way to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection in an uplifting way with children of the refugee community.

Mollie Schultz with two friends

“I loved being able to come to CFNA. The kids are so sweet, and it is so much fun. I have never seen so many smiling faces before,” says Lutheran South Junior, Peyton Anderson. “The amount of support from members of the NHS is overwhelming. Even if they were unable to participate in the service projects, members still contributed by donating supplies, organizing activities, and praying that God would continue His work in our community.”


The NHS at Lutheran South has worked with CFNA several times throughout the year. Previously, we did a “housekeeping service project” at the Peace Center. The group also provided an adopt-a-family Christmas service project in which they purchased Christmas presents for several refugee families.  They arranged a Valentine’s Day party as well. “We decided to make CFNA our primary focus for service projects this school year. It is a great way for members of the NHS to serve the community, and I think it really broadens their perspective of what it means to be a servant of Christ. It is incredible to see high school students interacting with the New American kids at CFNA and sharing God’s love,” said Lutheran South Junior, Mariah Spaid.

The National Honor Society plans to continue working with CFNA in future. We are excited to see God work through these high school students as they continue to volunteer their service with CFNA.

NHS students prepare snacks; Clockwise from left to right, Odessa Campbell, Audrey Ladage, Kritika Basnet

By Riley Schelp
National Honor Society Member
Concordia, Kirkwood Member

Party time!